Random Thoughts

Tech, words and musings from an Englishman in Seattle

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes - Hello Facebook!

As most of you probably know by now, at the end of August I left Google to join Facebook, based out of their new Seattle office.

It was definitely a big change for me. I really enjoyed my time at Google working on some super cool tech with a bunch of super smart people and hadn't been thinking about leaving the big G. But when Facebook approached me with the idea of joining the fledgling Seattle office (and after a bunch of conversations, interviews, etc…) the opportunity and idea of the sheer impact that an engineer at Facebook can deliver grew on me to such an extent that I couldn't ignore it.

Of course it does mean traveling across the bridge every day…

Right now I've just finished week four of Bootcamp down at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto. Bootcamp is a really cool experience - six weeks packed full of lots of lectures; meeting potential teams that I might be working with; and lots of bug fixing. Indeed, there is an incredibly high likelihood that if you've used Facebook at all in the past month, you've come into contact with my code.

I've fixed a bunch of stuff now - both frontend and backend - it's a great way to get a solid grounding in the codebase and development environment. Right now I'm moving onto some work with a team I may well end up joining.

All told, I'm really happy and excited to be here. Onward!

Too Fast

It's amazing how quickly we go from here…

To here…

Sometimes life just needs to slow down.

What Would You Like Me To Write About?

Having thought about my last post for a bit I thought I'd ask you, dear reader, what would you like me to write about?

And at the same time I get to try out the nifty Google Docs Forms thingy. All responses end up in my spreadsheet and won't be shared with anyone (until I write about it, that is).

Let me know!

When Will He Ask Me To Stop?

Every night since he was born (except Wednesday, that's Pub Quiz night!), I've put Julian to bed with some reading, songs and a few other rituals.

First we read - usually he chooses the book and then I sing to him. The same songs. The same order. Always.

  1. The alphabet song
  2. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  3. Itsy, Bitsy Spider
  4. Michael Finnigan

Then we do the rituals:

  1. Phony - He gets to look at photos on my iPhone.
  2. Blowing up - We take turns “blowing each other up” until we we pop like a ballon. it's hard to explain - you have to be there…
  3. Hugs.
  4. Love you! G'night!

Recently though, I've been wondering “when will he ask me to stop”? He loves the songs, I love singing them to him, but he's five now. I'm guessing that this bedtime ritual will stop at some point before he goes to college, but I have no idea when.

And that makes me sad.

Tick Tock

10:00pm: T-2 hours. A beer maybe? Maybe at the Wilde Rover. Everyone's asleep. Not even the dog is stirring.

11:35pm: Herding Cats are playing. Rock on. Apparently their drummer tried out for Oasis and just missed out. Order a beer. Settle up the tab. Let the bar tender know that he served me the last beer of my third decade. “A shot? It's on me.” No thanks…

I dunno why this event has bothered me as much as it has. It's just a zero duration point in time. A milestone. Maybe it's just that the notion of my mortality is finally coming home to roost.

12:01am: Tick Tock.

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